Ricotta asparagus fritters

Ricotta asparagus fritters

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Serves
4
Photographer
Izy Hossack

This was previously a ‘no-recipe’ recipe that my mum had stored in the recipe book called her brain. We hadn’t made it in a while so I had to ask her what the measurements were and in her true mum-like way, she just wrote down some ambiguous things like ‘around half a tub of ricotta’ and ‘breadcrumbs’ on a scrap of paper. ‘What about the Parmesan, ma?’ ‘Oh yeah, but just a bit. The main part of the batter is the ricotta!’ With those rough guidelines I made them, filling in the gaps where I could. As asparagus is one of my favourite spring vegetables, I was ALL OVER these. They’re great served with grilled meat but they’re fine as a main course too, if you serve them with a side of grain salad or crusty bread.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 eggs
125g ricotta
2 tablespoons parmesan, grated, plus extra shavings to serve
1/4 teaspoons salt
80g fine dried breadcrumbs
20 thick asparagus spears, woody ends removed
or 30 thin asparagus spears, woody ends removed
vegetable oil, for frying

Method

  1. In a jug, whisk together the eggs, ricotta, Parmesan, salt and breadcrumbs. Leave to sit while you prepare the asparagus.
  2. Half-fill a deep frying pan with water, add the asparagus and place over a medium heat. Once the water has started to boil, cook for 4 minutes until the asparagus is just tender. Drain the water from the pan and set the asparagus to one side. Dry the pan.
  3. In the same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat. Dollop a heaped tablespoon of the batter into the pan and top with 2 thick or 3 thin spears of asparagus. Top with a little extra batter (about 1 teaspoon) to seal the asparagus into the fritter. Cook for 3 minutes until golden brown, then flip over the fritter and cook until golden brown on the other side. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, then repeat with the rest of the batter and asparagus. Serve the fritters with Parmesan shavings scattered on top.
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